With Covid-19 looming over our heads, the places we visit are now required to take down our details in order for the Health Ministry to trace individuals in case a positive case is detected at the spot. In order to ensure every information is accurately captured the Government introduced MySejahtera, a contact tracing app that requires simple basic details like phone number and name.
Since making the app mandatory for all businesses, MySejahtera has become the fastest growing app in the country with 6.5 million downloads in just a short span of time. This does not include the number of users applying the app in their daily use where most just scan the QR code without downloading the app. Come to think of it only a handfull of platforms that has managed to reach such level of compliance, this shows Malaysians are concerned of disease and dont mind adhering to the call. More so with the current surge in new clusters, the outbreak makes tracing much efficient if those contracted used the app wherever they went.
The recent Sivagangga cluster in Kedah is one such case, MOH has already screened more than 2000 people linked to the cluster and still struggling to gather all data due to lack of information. This is primarily due the nasi kandar outlet not having proper customer recording system. False rumours spread by people on the government using MySejahtera app to spy is only causing more problems than solving them. There are many ways to check on citizens and using the pandemic as an excuse will not be something any government will intend to do.
So we do encourage Malaysians to download the app and keep our country safer.